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Becoming East German : Socialist Structures and Sensibilities after Hitler

By: Fulbrook, Mary.
Contributor(s): Port , Andrew I.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association: Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2013Description: 1 online resource (313 p.).ISBN: 9780857459756.Subject(s): Germany (East) -- Cultural policy | Germany (East) -- Social conditions | Germany (East) -- Social policy | Medical policy -- Germany (East) | Public health -- Germany (East) | Socialism -- Germany (East) -- History | Socialism and culture -- Germany (East)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Becoming East German : Socialist Structures and Sensibilities after HitlerDDC classification: 943.10874 | 943/.10874 LOC classification: DD283Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction - The Banalities of East German Historiography; Part I - Memory and Identity after Nazism; Chapter 1 - East Germans in a Post-Nazi State: Communities of Experience, Connection, and Identification; Chapter 2 - Divisive Unity: The Politics of Cultural Nationalism during the First German Writers' Congress of October 1947; Chapter 3 - Communicating History: The Archived Letters of Greta Kuckhoff and Memories of the ""Red Orchestra""; Chapter 4 - Remembered Change and Changes of Remembrance: East German Narratives of Anti-fascist Conversion
Part II - Health, Food, and Embodied CitizensChapter 5 - Perceptions of Health after World War II: Heart Disease and Risk Factors in East and West Germany, 1945-75; Chapter 6 - Socialism Fights the Proletarian Disease: East German Efforts to Overcome Tuberculosis in a Cold War Context; Chapter 7 - The Slim Imperative: Discourses and Cultures of Dieting in the German Democratic Republic, 1949-90; Chapter 8 - Luxury Dining in the Later Years of the German Democratic Republic; Part III - Constraints and Conformity: Friends, Foes, and Disciplinary Practices
Chapter 9 - Predispositions and the Paradox of Working-Class Behavior in Nazi Germany and the German Democratic RepublicChapter 10 - Israel as Friend and Foe: Shaping East German Society through Freund- and Feindbilder; Chapter 11 - Humiliation as a Weapon within the Party: Fictional and Personal Accounts; Chapter 12 - Playing the Game: Football and Everyday Life in the Honecker Era; Conclusion: Structures and Subjectivities in GDR History; Contributors; Index
Summary: For roughly the first decade after the demise of the GDR, professional and popular interpretations of East German history concentrated primarily on forms of power and repression, as well as on dissent and resistance to communist rule. Socio-cultural approaches have increasingly shown that a single-minded emphasis on repression and coercion fails to address a number of important historical issues, including those related to the subjective experiences of those who lived under communist regimes. With that in mind, the essays in this volume explore significant physical and psychological aspects
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Contents; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction - The Banalities of East German Historiography; Part I - Memory and Identity after Nazism; Chapter 1 - East Germans in a Post-Nazi State: Communities of Experience, Connection, and Identification; Chapter 2 - Divisive Unity: The Politics of Cultural Nationalism during the First German Writers' Congress of October 1947; Chapter 3 - Communicating History: The Archived Letters of Greta Kuckhoff and Memories of the ""Red Orchestra""; Chapter 4 - Remembered Change and Changes of Remembrance: East German Narratives of Anti-fascist Conversion

Part II - Health, Food, and Embodied CitizensChapter 5 - Perceptions of Health after World War II: Heart Disease and Risk Factors in East and West Germany, 1945-75; Chapter 6 - Socialism Fights the Proletarian Disease: East German Efforts to Overcome Tuberculosis in a Cold War Context; Chapter 7 - The Slim Imperative: Discourses and Cultures of Dieting in the German Democratic Republic, 1949-90; Chapter 8 - Luxury Dining in the Later Years of the German Democratic Republic; Part III - Constraints and Conformity: Friends, Foes, and Disciplinary Practices

Chapter 9 - Predispositions and the Paradox of Working-Class Behavior in Nazi Germany and the German Democratic RepublicChapter 10 - Israel as Friend and Foe: Shaping East German Society through Freund- and Feindbilder; Chapter 11 - Humiliation as a Weapon within the Party: Fictional and Personal Accounts; Chapter 12 - Playing the Game: Football and Everyday Life in the Honecker Era; Conclusion: Structures and Subjectivities in GDR History; Contributors; Index

For roughly the first decade after the demise of the GDR, professional and popular interpretations of East German history concentrated primarily on forms of power and repression, as well as on dissent and resistance to communist rule. Socio-cultural approaches have increasingly shown that a single-minded emphasis on repression and coercion fails to address a number of important historical issues, including those related to the subjective experiences of those who lived under communist regimes. With that in mind, the essays in this volume explore significant physical and psychological aspects

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As coeditor Port points out in his informative introduction, little of the scholarship regarding the history of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) says very much about the daily experience of living under the East German dictatorship. This collection of a dozen essays edited by Port and Mary Fulbrook makes a valuable contribution to filling this lacuna. Moving beyond debates concerning totalitarianism, the 12 authors analyze the characteristics of daily life in the GDR. As a result, the subjects of the essays are sometimes surprising--dieting habits, the battle against tuberculosis, and luxury dining, for example--which only adds to the collection's contribution to the historiography of its subject. Another theme uniting all of the essays, as Fulbrook points out in her conclusion, is the contention that the daily experiences of the East German people changed over the course of four decades, that the GDR of the 1950s was substantially different from that of the 1980s. In short, the authors succeed in their goal of moving beyond the gray exteriors and drab lives that are often associated with life in East Germany. This alone makes the book a valuable addition to the scholarly literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. R. W. Lemmons Jacksonville State University

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<p>Mary Fulbrook, FBA, is Professor of German History at University College London. Her most recent books are A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (2012) and Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships (2011). She is currently directing an AHRC-funded collaborative project on Reverberations of War in Germany and Europe: Communities of Experience and Identification since 1945. A former Chair of the German History Society, and Chair of the Modern History Section of the British Academy, she has written widely on the GDR.</p>

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